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Kissing Max Holden Review



Title: Kissing Max Holden

Author: Katy Upperman

Format: eBook

Published: August 1, 2017 by Swoon Reads

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Reading Period: September 23 – October 2, 2017

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 



Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?



Jillian and Max Holden are neighbors and childhood friends.

The real message of the story is about cheating in a relationship. But what I felt while reading is the issue in this book is how to resist kissing Max Holden.

I honestly finished this book for the sake of finishing it but halfway through it I lost my interest because of the irrationality of the characters and odd description. Max is branded as bad boy just because he reacted negatively when his father got sick and became rebellious. But Max is broken and in denial! That’s why he reacted in that way, drinking beer, flirting Jillian. It is because he is looking for comfort, for a home, maybe because Max felt that his so-called home is not a home anymore, because people there are also broken. Yes, they are broken because of Bill’s medical condition, but they are family. Their presence and togetherness is very important not to be avoided or to be denied.

Jillian’s irrationality towards Max is beyond my imagination. Apparently when someone cheated it is natural for others to react negatively. What Jillian expect? Be happy that Max cheated Becky? Ivy to be happy catching them kissing?

I have issues in this book. I am having a hard time to continue reading it. It is in slow pace and I lost my interest. It actually took so long before Jillian realizes that she’s in love with Max that I want to shout Jillian that first pages already screams that she like Max.

Kissing Max Holden is not recommended removing book slump.

“It’s not until later, after Kyle’s talked himself hoarse trying to console me, that I realize I left my Coke in the truck.” —Like fck how important your Coke is.


Quotable quotes: 

“Try to remember, Jill. You deserve better.”

“Friends hear each other out, right?”

“…definition of insanity: carrying out the same behavior over and over while expecting different results.”

“Because this is torture, the wanting and the not having”

“The future’s so wide open. Who knows what it holds?”

“That’s what friends do—confide, and support each other when things get rough.”


Buy links: Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Macmillan   iTunes  Booktopia   Kobo

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